I think if the goal was to get rid of so many annual passport members, they should have just gotten rid of the lowest tier pass. I realize that there'd be a lot of backlash due to that, but if the majority of pass holders are local, then skim the fat from the passes that were made specifically for locals.
Unless I can get an apartment closer to Anaheim (current travel time is about an hour without traffic), then this'll be the last year for an AP for the next while. I'm glad I renewed in December as at least I'll get to enjoy Cars Land all the way thru Christmastime. But it was always a mad dash towards Cars Land and recent financial straits/work have made even monthly DL trips harder to manage. I'm sure to enjoy a visit in June, but after that... I just don't know.
Might cancel if that means I can stop paying the monthly plans. The $500 was already pushing it for me.
EDIT: Oh and I agree with anyone who says they should eliminate the small SoCal passes. They're the ones primarily driving the crowd attendances way up.
wow what an increase! The WDW AP is currently 552.74 and the Premium is 691.19. The Premium at WDW includes the four themeparks, two water parks, Disney Quest, and Oak Golf Course.
But on the other hand, Tokyo Disney Resort charges 1k for their Two Park Annual Pass.
Bringing the Love since January 10, 2011
We were sent over there with the message that only we would defend Disney quality.. We learnt quickly that the Japanese culture speaks to a level of quality that is hard to comprehend. They were all unbelievably skilled and willing to do the right thing.
Craig Russell -Walt Disney Imagineering
In an interview with CNBC, Iger mentioned that they thought they had room to raise prices. They were mindful of the fragile economy, but that from their recent experience people were still coming to the parks in increasing numbers. I heard that and knew this was coming.
Personally, I don't mind. They haven't come anywhere close to my ceiling yet. But don't tell Iger that. ; )
Like I mentioned in another post my friend, you are lucky to be independantly wealthy. ShelbyH and Mr. Wiggins will probably find this post and flag me again. But it must be nice to have such fortune.
The small socal passes aren't even good on many days (170 valid days only, not valid on weekends) . The days they are valid are usually the lowest attendance days. So i don't think its fair to say that they are driving attendance up nearly as much as the premium pass holders who actually go on WEEKENDS which is when the crowds are there. Also the socal passes are not valid during the summer.
Just renewed and upgraded to premium(mine was too expire in june anyways) with the old price! Now Im going at lease once every 2 months if possible from Nor-cal w no black-outs and weekends off from work! WOOT!
I am a Annual Pass Holder and I'm better than you! lol!
Anybody that is shocked by this obviously has not been following Disney the past few years. The price increases have become an annual thing. With a brand new DCA, it's only fair that they have a major price increase to justify the 1.2b+ they spent on the resort over the past 5 years.
Why is everyone ignoring what this is doing to the average family who can't afford a pass?
How many kids are NEVER going to be able to experience Disneyland? I'm not looking forward to the day where 99.9% of people in attendance are passholders. Are they just trying to cater to the overseas tourists at this point?
I don't want to see a Disney where I never get to see that look of awe and excitement on people's faces of going to Disney for the first time. Or for their first time in a while.
We haven't been to DLR since 2010 because of ticket prices. (We live in AZ and don't have AP's). We have talked about going this fall but have been on the fence about it. We now need to make a decision in the next 24hrs. to avoid more crazy increases. It's frustrating. My kids are growing up so fast and we'd love to have these memories with them while they are still young, but it is getting more and more difficult to justify spending what Disney is asking for tickets (and for park food, too!).
What they should do to thin out AP's is to decrease the price of One-Day Tickets and keep the AP prices where they are. By making a one or two day ticket more affordable, the various So-Cal residents will feel less inclined to make such a big investment, even with the payment plan.
Well Said! It is only logical to buy an AP because it practically is the price of 2 visits. It's a no-brainer to buy the AP. But this plan is definitely going to make the resort for the upper-class citizens
well it looks like I'm switching back to Universal Studios again
and I think I will probably cancel my Disney credit card, now that I wont be using the rewards dollars on my pass.
So are food dishes in the park going to be ~$15 each instead of the current ~$10/plate? And parking probably $20